Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

In May 2014, I visited Poland to see the death camps on a trip that felt more like a pilgrimage. I wanted to see the places where my grandmother was imprisoned and starved, her family murdered and mutilated. Before I saw the quiet barracks of Auschwitz, however, I would visit Majdanek, a death camp in Lublin, Poland. At the top of a hill, on the far side of the camp, is a large dome, the monument to its victims.

The monument is a mausoleum. It is quite enormous. But when one approaches it,...

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